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Raitman Art Galleries

Family business Art on a Whim is changing its name to Raitman Art Galleries. "While we will lose a bit of the uniqueness that Art on a Whim has in a name," says Brian Raitman, "with the evolution of our business over the years things are far less on a whim than they used to be — from the artwork to our client’s purchase decisions to how we run things. We are far more fine art than we were almost ten years ago and we are quite proud of that. Hence, we're finally putting our name on our business."

Village Bagel

Bagel-lovers, rejoice! Village Bagel offers hand-rolled, old-fashioned artisan bagels. New York native Connie Leaf has lived in the valley for seven years, allowing her to discover the local void of authentic, boiled and baked bagels. She doesn't have a retail shop yet, but her bagels can be found at Vail Village and Eagle coffee shops. She delivers (one dozen minimum) with 24 hours notice, and will have weekly pop-up locations throughout the winter. Visit for more info. Facebook at and Instagram at

New Lift

There's a new four-passenger lift in the Back Bowls. Sun Up Lift (#17) was replaced with Sun Up Express (#9). The new lift will increase capacity by 65 percent and reduce the average ride time from 8.2 minutes to 3.9 minutes. The increase is expected to take pressure off of the High Noon Express (#5) with more guests using the new lift rather than cycling back to the bottom of the back bowls.

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Vail Symposium celebrates 45 years

The Vail Symposium is a pivotal organization within a community that's become a global beacon for health and wellness, self-discovery, curiosity and educated decision-making. In the past 45 years, the group has presented speakers such as Barney Frank, discussing the Dodd-Frank legislation, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, speaking about social reform and Muslim ideology. Pulitzer Prize winners, scientists, researchers, education reformers, artists, celebrities, adventurers and more are part of the group's varied history. The group aims to challenge, entertain and inform the community. The Symposium enters this winter with one of its strongest lineups to date, including a discussion on climate change with a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, a look at the Libyan crisis with American and British security advisers, advice from a millionaire millennial investor, adventures from a world record-breaking mountaineer and more. Visit for tickets and a full schedule of events.

James Beard House Visit

This past October, Game Creek Executive Chef Steve Topple was a featured chef at the James Beard House in New York City for the third time. Chef Topple's custom menu featured local Colorado items, such as smoked Colorado trout corn fritters, Colorado lamb tartare and Rocky Mountain elk tenderloin with foie gras potato puree.


Plumpjack Group is expanding its operations outside of California into Vail Village. In addition to scooping up local restaurant White Bison, they're opening Pendulum in the historic Gorsuch building. The exciting concept is heavy on inventiveness, including "tots and caviar" and an edgy cocktail menu.


The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch debuts a new signature restaurant this season. WYLD offers an eclectic menu of flavorful Alpine cuisine with a strong emphasis on locally sourced and sustainable meats, seafood, and seasonal vegetables along with refined mountain classics. The name is meant to pay homage to the resort's pristine location rooted in nature and on the "edge of wild."

Green Elephant Juicery

The organic cold-pressed juicery has locations in Vail (Lionshead and West Vail), at Mountain Soul Yoga in Edwards, and at their flagship in Avon. Green Elephant's new Canyon Fire juice is eight ounces of tomato, carrot, celery, kale, beet, red pepper, parsley, lemon, garlic, black pepper and cayenne. Try it with vodka for a tasty bloody mary, or keep it virgin straight from the bottle or on the rocks.

Cripple Creek Backcountry

With an original shop in Carbondale, Cripple Creek Backcountry is now local — just steps to the snow in their location next to the Lionshead parking structure in Vail. As an uphill and backcountry-specific ski shop, owner Doug Stenclik and his team offer full demo gear for people who want to try backcountry skiing, uphill skinning or split boarding. They also host community events like avalanche education courses, slide shows from local athletes and group skins for people breaking into the sport.

Chronic Tacos

Locals are raving about this Mexican grill off of East Beaver Creek Blvd. in Avon. This chain has a good reputation, serving build-your-own Mexican fare using local ingredients. The Chronic Tacos menu includes burritos, tostada bowls, tortas, taquitos, flautas, salads and of course tacos. Stop in for a burrito at breakfast, and the Mahi fish tacos are a must-taste on the menu.

Skier Recovery Lounge

Recover like an athlete at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek's Skier Recovery Lounge. Relax and enjoy an air massage, featuring compression and cold air to increase blood circulation and help with muscle soreness recovery. Rejuvenate with a nutrient-packed IV bag to hydrate and replenish your body. And breathe in the oxygen-rich air at the oxygen bar.